Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Richard Benyon, made a statement in the House of Commons on Tuesday 8 January 2013, on EU fisheries negotiations.
Shadow Minister for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Tom Harris, responded to the statement on behalf of the Opposition.
The Under-Secretary of State reported to the House the results of negotiations at the fisheries part of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council in Brussels on 18 to 20 December 2012.
Oral statements are made after Question Time (or at 11am on a Friday) and after any Urgent Questions.
Statements normally relate to matters of policy or government actions. At the end of a statement, MPs can respond or question the government minister on its contents.
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